When it comes to rewriting history, Virat Kohli is second to none. After Surpassing Sri-Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya, the Indian skipper has now surpassed Ricky Ponting to bag 31 ODI centuries. Kohli is now only second to cricketing god Sachin Tendulkar who has 49 tons in the ODI format. The run machine reached the milestone against New-Zealand on his 200th one day international on Sunday.
And that’s not all. The 28-year-old has also become the second batsman in the cricketing history to score a hundred in his 200th ODI. He is now also only the 14th Indian and the 72nd cricketer to play 200 one-day international matches. Earlier, legendary Australian captain Ricky Ponting held the record for 30 centuries. After equalling him during the tour to Sri-Lanka, it was just a matter of time before Kohli surpassed the Australian. Although India lost their 1st ODI in the three-match series against New Zealand on Sunday, Kohli’s 122 will be remembered for a long time at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
If that was not enough, Kohli also surpassed former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin to become the skipper with most runs for the 'Men in Blue' in a calendar year. Kohli has scored 1381 runs this year playing just 24 innings. Azharuddin had earlier taken 33 innings in a calendar year to score 1268 runs.During the match, as the skipper went past 110, he also became the record holder to score 1000 ODI runs against New Zealand. He is the 6th Indian and 27th overall to achieve the landmark of 1000 ODI runs against the Kiwis. Also, this is the 4th country against whom Kohli has accumulated 1000 runs in ODIs. Sri Lanka, West Indies and Australia being the other three.